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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pittsburgh Man Charged With Filing False Tax Returns

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on April 9, 2013, named Zenford A. Mitchell as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Mitchell, filed false tax returns on April 14, 2008, for calendar year 2006 and for 2007 by deliberately under reporting his income.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both for each count of conviction. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015